Presenter: Eileen Rocard (OECD)
The COVID-19 crisis has hit the long-term care (LTC) sector particularly hard. Large numbers of people dependent on care and particularly vulnerable to COVID-19 have fallen ill, and a disproportionate rate of LTC workers have been both exposed to, and infected by, COVID-19. This report presents an analysis of the effects of COVID-19 on LTC in OECD countries, mainly showing infection rates and mortality of LTC recipients. It takes stock of the wide range of policy responses that countries have implemented, detailing the changes over time on testing strategies, reduction of interactions and isolation measures, digitalisation of services, and workforce. The report also assesses emergency preparedness in the sector, as well as workforce, organisational and coordination challenges. Finally, the report analyses how policy responses affected care continuity and the well-being of residents while also outlining the effectiveness of vaccination.
Co-authors: Paola Sillitti and Ana Llena-Nozal, OECD